March 19, 2010

Baseball series continues this weekend

WNC Tops Southern Idaho

Andrew Garcia makes a catch
Andrew Garcia makes a catch

The Wildcats baseball team came out on top of a pitching duel in a doubleheader Friday against College of Southern Idaho, coming from behind for a 3-1 win in game one, and then outlasting the Golden Eagles 8-7 in the nightcap. The victories give the Wildcats an 18-7 overall record, and 6-4 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

Winning pitchers were Kramer Champlin and Jeff Barto for WNC. The Wildcats outhit Southern Idaho 6-5 in game one, and both teams smacked 11 hits in game two. A final doubleheader is Saturday at noon at WNC.

In game one, starting pitcher Kramer Champlin nearly went the distance, allowing five hits in 6 and 1/3 innings, and closer David Carroll had a strikeout to end the seven-inning game.

All of the scoring came in the sixth inning, beginning when CSI took a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning. But WNC answered, scoring three runs on two hits. Designated hitter Kyle Conwell knocked a two-run RBI deep into right field, scoring shortstop Spencer Ofelt and centerfielder Jay Skilton. Second baseman Jonathan Sigado followed up with an RBI single that scored Trevor Goff.

Game two was a nine-inning duel where the Wildcats had 11 hits and scored in nearly every inning. But the game was neck and neck and WNC went deep into the bullpen for the win.

The Wildcats scored off a solo home run by Brooks Klein in the bottom of the first inning. CSI answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, before the Wildcats tied 2-2 in the bottom of the second, off hits by Conwell, Sigado and Chris Sinclair. Western added a run in the third inning off an RBI single by Sigado scored Ofelt for a 3-2 lead.

CSI added two runs in the fourth inning for a 4-3 lead, but WNC countered in the bottom of the inning with good base running and Goff scoring on a wild pitch.

Starting pitcher Jeremy Gendlek went four innings to a 4-4 tie before Jeff Barto entered the game in the fifth. Barto struck out two before Klein caught a fly ball deep in right field, stranding two runners to end the inning.

WNC took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring three runs on three hits, and capitalizing on two CSI errors to lead 7-4. Freshman Dyllon Nuernberg took the mound to help the Wildcats out of a tight spot in the sixth inning after CSI scored one and then loaded the bases.

The Golden Eagles came back to within one at 7-6, but the Wildcats scored in the eighth inning off an RBI single by Ofelt.

Freshman left-hander Kody Gordon replaced Nuernberg in the seventh inning, giving up one run before closer David Carroll took the mound in the eighth inning. He held through the middle of the ninth, when Riley Bevill finished the game.


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Kyle Conwell at bat Trevor Goff Heading for Home Wildcats tagout vs. CSI
Kyle Conwell at batTrevor Goff Heading for HomeWildcats tagout vs. CSI
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